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The Great Fight for Passchendaele: At 7. 30 on the Morning of the Final Victorious Attack

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The long ridge to which the village of Passchendaele gives its name,” describes Mr. Philip Gibbs, in his account of the battle, as seen early in the morning on November 6, “curved round black and grim below the clouds right round to Polygon Wood and the Heights of Broodsrinde, a long, formidable barrier. . . Beyond the fangs of broken trees in the valley I saw the village on the heights. There was not much to see, only that tattered ruin of a church, like the remnant of the Cloth Hall at Ypres, and not so big. Below the ridge

all our field guns were firing and the light of their flashes ran up and down like jack-o’-lanterns with flaming torches. PFar behind me were our heavy guns, and their shells travelled overhead with a great beating of the wind. All below the Passchendaele Ridge, monstrous shells were flinging up masses of earth and water, and now and then fires were lighted and blazed and then went out in wet smoke.”-{Drawing Copyrigud is th United Stass and Canads.]


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Issue 4103. - Vol CLI

Dec, 08 1917

Illustrated London News